The Mets announced this afternoon that they have traded Omar Quintanilla to the Orioles for cash considerations.
Quintanilla, 30, was designated for assignment on July 17. He had filled in well in the absence of Ronny Cedeno and Ruben Tejada when they were injured and on the disabled list. He had a .257/.350/.371 slash line this season in 80 plate appearances.
According to ESPN New York, the Mets designated Quintanilla for assignment to buy time to trade him:
Mets officials had been concerned they would lose Quintanilla off waivers if they tried to pass him through to send him to Triple-A Buffalo, so they DFA’d him to buy time and now have dealt him to Baltimore.
As Amazin’ Avenue pointed out, it’s great to see that the Mets opted to use this strategy instead of allowing a team like the Braves to claim him off waivers.